We’ll be trying out a mechanism for publishing comments from a special subset of readers: those people or organizations who were actual participants in the story in question. Our long-term vision is that any participant will be able to send in their comments, and we’ll show them next to the articles about the story. Comments will be published in full, without any edits, but marked as “comments” so readers know it’s the individual’s perspective, rather than part of a journalist’s report.
As others have pointed out, does Google really know what it’s letting itself in for? I have enough time keeping comments moderated and spam out, I’d hate to see Google’s comment spam.
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The test is only in the US and don’t rush to add a comment – Google has decided not to give commenters a link back. And you thought “nofollow” in WordPress comments was bad – at least you get a link!
Please share your thoughts below.